By: Aarika Kim
The annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list is back and Hong Kong’s The Chairman has topped the list. Singapore’s Odette comes in at a close second while Japan’s kaiseki restaurant, Den rounds up the top three.
This year, instead of 50 restaurants, the list has been extended to list restaurants placed between 51 to 100. Restaurants Meta, Nouri, Esora and Candlenut, made it to 60, 73, 77 and 94 spots respectively.
The prestigious award is presented in association with San Pelligrino and Acqua Panna and gives praise to the very best restaurants across the Asian region.
Here’s a look at the eight Singapore restaurants that have made the list in the Top 50:
Odette pays homage to French gastronomy while using delectably rich Asian ingredients. Dishes such as the restaurant’s signature Normandy brown crab with wasabi oil and Nashi pear and Kampot pepper-crusted pigeon have been given particular praise. Fun fact: Odette is actually named after its chef, Julien Royer’s grandmother.
1 St. Andrew’s Road, 04 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
#13. Les Amis
Another French restaurant on the list, Les Amis has been a staple in Singapore’s fine-dining scene since its inception in 1994. Signature dishes include cold angel hair pasta with kombu, caviar, and black truffle, line-caught sea bass from Saint Gille Croix de Vie in France, and egg meurette with a layer of black truffle and sauce bourguignonne.
Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, #01-16, Singapore 228208
#14. Burnt Ends
The grill-focused restaurant serves up some of the best meat dishes in town. From a charred flat iron and rosemary-imbued lamb, garlic brown butter-laced king crab, to garlic shoots dressed with gremolata, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you visit.
20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Helmed by executive chef Tristin Farmer, Zen serves up Nordic dishes such as beer-poached crustacean with trout roe topped with dill-scented sour cream, crispy potato roll crowned with Vendace roe and more in kaiseki style. While you’re there, be sure to try the drinks from its extensive wine and Japanese sake menu.
41 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089855
The signature restaurant of Sri Lanka-born, Australia-trained chef-owner Rishi Naleedra and his wife Manuela Toniolo, expect to nibble on Sri Lankan-style dishes with Australian ingredients. Order the signature marron served in a thick Sri Lankan yellow curry and sip on an impressive array of old-world wines and other alcoholic beverages.
84 Amoy Street, Singapore 069903
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Labyrinth reinvents local Singaporean fare such as chilli crab and more with innovative cooking techniques and sustainably-sourced ingredients. The restaurant also uses local produce such as ulam raja, oyster plant, and locally farmed fish in its menu. During the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore, the restaurant provided free meals for workers at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall, #02-23, Singapore 039802
Opened in November 2020, Euphoria is a vegetable-led restaurant that seats just 26.
Jason Tan, the former Corner House chef, takes botanical-led cooking to new heights by reinventing classic French dishes. Tan’s love for vegetables began when he was tasked to work with a Cévennes onion in a fine dining restaurant. Now, onions form the base of his three signature dishes. Read our review here.
76 Tras Street, Singapore 079015
#42. Jaan by Kirk Westaway
Jaan puts a posh spin on English classics such as fish and chips, curry salted fries, and more. Helmed by British chef Kirk Westaway, Jaan’s menu is inspired by Westaway’s love for British food and dining. What’s more, the restaurant offers gorgeous views of Singapore’s skyline, setting the scene for romantic date nights.
Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissotel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
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